Dermot Bolger

Dermot Bolger

Mundane truth about so-called Hellfire Clubs

Mundane truth about so-called Hellfire Clubs

The Hellfire Clubs Sex, Satanism & Secret Societies. By Evelyn Lord, Yale University Press, €27

Insightful dissection of a class action

Insightful dissection of a class action

Bad Day in Blackrock. By Kevin Power, Lilliput, €15

The love affair that created a lasting literary legacy

The love affair that created a lasting literary legacy

DH Lawrence and Frieda: A Portrait of Love and Loyalty. By Michael Squires, Andre Deutsch, €21.55

Eccentric guide to a land of contradictions

Eccentric guide to a land of contradictions

Vitali’s Ireland. By Vitali Vitaliev, Gill & Macmillan, €18.90

A timely look at Johnson’s legacy

A timely look at Johnson’s legacy

Samuel Johnson: A Biography. By Peter Martin, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €31.75

Palatial thrills in Portugal

Palatial thrills in Portugal

The bustling seaside town of Alvor, on Portugal’s Algarve coast, is the perfect place to holiday in splendid style and isolation.

Portrait of a Christian crusader

Portrait of a Christian crusader

Edmund Rice and the First Christian Brothers. By Daire Keogh, Four Courts Press, €45

Artistic Licence: Theatre worthy of praise

Artistic Licence: Theatre worthy of praise

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the real millennium.

Artistic Licence: Farewell, Stig Claesson

Artistic Licence: Farewell, Stig Claesson

He emerged from the car park into the brilliant arc of floodlights illuminating the soccer pitch where I played near Dublin Airport.

The Irish who fought for Hitler

The Irish who fought for Hitler

Hitler’s Irishmen. By Terence O’Reilly, Mercier Press, €17

Labour of love reveals the James hothouse

Labour of love reveals the James hothouse

House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family. Paul Fisher, Little, Brown, €21.55

Artistic Licence: Naul’s noteworthy venue

Artistic Licence: Naul’s noteworthy venue

Dublin is awash with music venues and, as the bald father of teenage sons, my back has gone into spasm in the best of them, from the splendour of Tripod to the austerity of the Boom Boom Room. But my favourite venue is the Seamus Ennis cottage - a we

Lessing’s remedy for her parents’ war horrors

Lessing’s remedy for her parents’ war horrors

Alfred & Emily, By Doris Lessing, 4th Estate, €18.30

Artistic licence: No bar to literary success

Artistic licence: No bar to literary success

The truck shuddered to a halt, and the bound and gagged teenage girl was hauled from the boot and dumped on the dirt road before it drove off.

Ireland’s one shining light in the Nazi gloom

Ireland’s one shining light in the Nazi gloom

The Vatican Pimpernel. By Brian Fleming, Collins Press, €16.50